Love Among the Ruins

Cukor's last really impressive film was, ironically, made for television, and as such is stylistically rather less ambitious than his finest work. That said, his strengths were always his way with actors and his interest in the nuances of the battle between the sexes, and this remains a minor gem on both counts. Hepburn is the Edwardian dowager being sued for breach of promise by a much younger man (Lawson); Olivier is the eminent barrister whose course of defence - born of outrage at her inability to remember their brief affair years previously - is to portray her (falsely) as a senile old duffer incapable of passion. A gently sentimental comedy that never patronises the aged, the film charms with its subtle insights, quiet generosity, and sympathy for the plight of women in a repressive, male-dominated society. In short, it's a Cukor film through and through.

Release details

Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Cukor
Screenwriter: James Costigan
Cast: Katharine Hepburn
Laurence Olivier
Colin Blakely
Richard Pearson
Joan Sims
Leigh Lawson
Robert Harris

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cgj

This film may wll be the greatest film never to hit DVD. I think it is the snobbism re films produced for TV. And it hides in plain sight with Cukor, Olivier, and Hepburn. And it throws in a great musical theme. Will no one else stand up and acclaim this as one of the best films of all time?

cgj

This film may wll be the greatest film never to hit DVD. I think it is the snobbism re films produced for TV. And it hides in plain sight with Cukor, Olivier, and Hepburn. And it throws in a great musical theme. Will no one else stand up and acclaim this as one of the best films of all time?